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Old 01-03-2009, 07:08 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 01-03-2009, 07:53 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Wow. That's a big one, Ben. We already knew about it, but putting it out there in a video somehow makes it seem more... dedicated.
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Old 01-03-2009, 08:08 PM   #13 (permalink)
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The Clunker (retired) - '90 Honda Accord EX sedan
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Mountain Goat - '96 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4 SuperCab
90 day: 18 mpg (US)

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My goal is to drive a commuter that consistently breaks 40 mpg, either through modifications on the Clunker, or its replacement.

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Old 01-03-2009, 10:11 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Bone's 2010 Prius - '10 Toyota Prius Black
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I used 300 gallons of gas in 6 months (July to December 2008) so my grade school math tells me that's about 600 gallons over a year. I'd like to get my consumption down to between 400-500 over a 12 month period.
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Old 01-03-2009, 10:40 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Last years resolution was to make my a-bodies more fuel efficient. First I tried the Smack booster and O2 modifier which did not work, and the map sensor modifier which may have worked just a hair but not even 1mpg result. Then I joined this site and what I have learned here has gotten me great success.

For 2009:

I want to regularly get 40+ tank mpg with the Celeb, at least with downstate trip weekends, it not all the time. Ive gotten over 40 a handful of times over the trip, but by the time I needed to fill up I would just miss it. The week before it was time to park it, I was getting better than ever, getting over 40 downstate and 35 every day to work and back. I want to make a detachable kammback for the trunk lid, that should help. Also possibly a detachable convex nose shape.

35 mpg with the wagon would be nice for downstate and back. Since the mpguino Ive gotten 32 max. Used to get 28 max. I think the upper grille opening, roof rack crossbars, and rear wing are the first things that need to go. An airdam would really help but would not last long with the snow and ice I have to plow through.

I also want to finish the Boyce style HHO box, but only just to have finished it. Im not really expecting anything from it.

I would also like to convince at least one other person I know to try some techniques and/or mods.

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Old 01-03-2009, 10:58 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I have no resolutions other than keep doing what I am always doing

My plans so far are to make the XFi a hybrid. And start building another car, either a GM lean machine clone out of a race atv and a motorcycle or build a paraglide car out of a Chinese made Metro powered dune buggy. Chances are I won't start building another car this year though, but the hybrid thing seems easy, it is just a matter of throwing money at the car.

The Astro is pretty much fine as is but I won't leave it alone. So my arbitrary goal for it is 50mpg. If you have to pick a goal, it might as well be big

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Old 01-03-2009, 11:07 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Put HHO on it and you'll break 50 EASY!

Oh- and don't forget the vortex generators!!!

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Old 01-04-2009, 12:07 AM   #18 (permalink)
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My goal sounds evil:

I do have less than 1.8 liters, in a boxer engine, and awd. It is hopelessly in the 30s mpg. the hitachi carb is the most einsteinal feedback success story of its generation (as say comparing to a chevette with the horrible holley feedback). anyway, I put bigger wheels, the tune ups, cleaning, a bunch of things to make efficient..and ya know what happened?

The bigger wheels increased top end, the little boxer loved it. 70 feet of weld strengthened it. I increased my confidence to haul a complete subaru engine in the back up and over hills and through the woods: It is still 30s mpg.
A recent holiday venture to boston, in the 80s 90s and yea tickling triple digits (not a gangsta back off- all part of an unforgetable experiment) was in the 40s mpg with snow treads howling down the highway.

To my resolution: After the facts of this car, to hell with all of them. I won't even try.

In fact, I seek power for work returned as part of the fuel consumption for now on.The extincted 3 main boxer makes all manufactures a retarded jackass. A v8 diesel has had my imagination since talk of the v8 for american trucks, etc. a few years ago. some of the projects (like the big ol impala the dragstip beating a lambo) has me intrigued, but it seems a wealthy bunch is driving those around, too new for me and my visegrips and duct tape.

My resolution may be to find another 3 main boxer project, if it means pulling it out of a junk pile. maybe a beetle, I have a sube.
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Old 01-04-2009, 12:29 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Ben: Awesome, and good for you! My wife says, "Good luck, dude" in the background... bah!
My EM goals:
-Fix MPGuino reset problem and do A-B-A tests with all previous mods over again to measure effectiveness and fine-tune them.
-make an e-bike that can get me to/from work within 45 minutes
-60 mpg in the 'scort (lots of goals wrapped up in this one - most of them are well thought out and planned)
--reinstall side skirts
--reinstall and modify front air dam and front belly pan
--solar panels integrated into roof (cut roof out with reciprocating saw)
--install engine block heater (Christmas present)
--install battery charger (Christmas present)
--install voltmeter
--smooth wheel covers
--remove serpentine belt
--front wheel skirts
--undercar wheelwell deflectors
--loop power steering lines together
--boattail (not thought out on how this is going to work!)
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Old 01-05-2009, 01:02 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Well, Darin mentioned my goals were not very solid. So, here is a more elaborate and solid post.

Here is what I had for 08:
Matrix Goal: Average tank mileage to 40 mpg
-Improved grill block
-Underbody panel
-Possibly rear wheel skirts
I almost had the Matrix goal nabbed with its underbody panel and newer grill block. Never got to the wheel skirts. I think I peaked sometime in the summer with a 90 day average of 39.X mpg. Pretty close.

09 Matrix goal: 45 mpg 90 day average

Paseo Goal: Average tank mileage to 55 mpg
-Grill block
-Underbody panel
-Possibly rear wheel skirts
-Install new reworked head
-New exhaust system
The Paseo average tank was fairly easily gotten through none of the modifications listed. Simply good ecodriving lead me to an average of 57ish mpg over the summer months.

09 Paseo goal: 60 mpg 90 day average

These goals are gonna be pretty darn hard to hit, especially on the Matrix. But, that is the goal! I'm also not gonna list mods as I change my mind too much and have no idea how much time I'll be able to spend on them...

Current project: A better alternator delete

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